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District 5 U.S. House candidates Q&A
by Caroline Young
July 25, 2012 10:43 AM | 1348 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Editor’s note: Incumbent John Lewis faces Democratic challenger Michael Johnson in the July 31 primary race for U.S. Congressional District 5, which includes Buckhead and part of Sandy Springs. The winner will take on Republican Howard Stopeck in November.

o Name, age: Michael Johnson, 44

o Occupation: resigned as Fulton County Superior Court judge in 2011 to run for Congress

o Education: Morehouse College, bachelor’s degree in banking/financing, 1990; Syracuse University College of Law, juris doctorate degree, 1993

o Political experience: served as chair of the city of Atlanta Board of Ethics and board member of the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution

o Family: wife, Allison Johnson, and children, Michael and Katherine

o Why are you the best choice? “I’ve had the opportunity to see a lot. I see what happens to hardworking families when they have fallen through the cracks and don’t have opportunities. We [my wife and I] have to think every day about how we’re going to pay for the rising college tuition and we both have parents that are seniors. We are facing the same everyday issues and I think that puts me in a position to readily identify with our everyday hardworking citizens.”

o Top three issues: jobs, water and Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

o Net campaign funds: $32,968 through June 30, according to the Federal Election Commission website.

o Website:

o Name, age: John Lewis, 72

o Occupation: U.S. Con-gressman

o Education: American Baptist Theological Seminary, bachelor’s degree in religion and philosophy, 1961; Fisk University, honorary degree, 1967

o Political experience: elected to District 5 seat for past 30 years, member of Atlanta City Council, 1982-86; elected to Congress in November 1986

o Family: wife, Lillian Miles Lewis; son, John Miles Lewis

o Why are you the best choice? “As the senior chief deputy whip for the Democratic House Caucus and the fifth-most senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, I have brought home hundreds of millions of dollars for roads, transit and infrastructure projects back to the Fifth District. My commitment to the principles of human and civil rights is the force that continues to drive me today. As your representative, I will continue to fight for federal legislation and resources that help improve our economy and the conditions of those I represent.”

o Top three issues: healthcare, jobs and environment

o Net campaign funds: $413,891 through July 11, according to the Federal Election Commission website.

o Website:

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